I’ve always admired and valued craftsmanship, in whatever form that may take. The skills and knowledge to create something wonderful has always inspired me and the art of the pattern cutter is no exception. Having an understanding of beautiful tailoring, fabric quality, lines and shape, the pattern cutter’s role is essential in bringing ideas and design to reality on the catwalk.
I find it amazing that you come across the most talented people in the most unexpected places. Titchwell is tucked away on the North Norfolk coast and is now home to Shane Patrick, who has been creating patterns in the industry for nearly 20 years. His work has graced the catwalk in many collections, including the recent Topshop Unique A/W range.
Fed up with the constant daily commute to London from Norfolk every day Shane has now set up Vin Stich, an alterations, mending and pattern cutting service, from his home in Titchwell, a far cry from the bustle of London. Shane very kindly took some time to answer a few questions about his work.
Can you describe your work/process and what materials/resources do you use?
I'm a Pattern-Cutter by trade, mostly of Womenswear, but will turn my hand to anything that involves fabric. I specialized in Draping (which is draping of cloth on a mannequin to get a finished garment) but love Tailoring (flat pattern cutting of jackets and coats etc) most recently I have found an interest in re-upholstering which I intend to explore fully.
I'm based in Titchwell, North Norfolk where I have settled after many years in London and Dublin.
How long have you been creating and how did it all begin?
I studied Fashion Design in Johannesburg in the early 90's, so I have been 'at it' for around 20 years now
Who or what inspires you?
It could be anything, I love beautiful fabrics so I would start there. If I'm designing something I always design with a model from the 90's called Yasmeen Ghauri in mind, she is my idea of perfect beauty, so she still plays a big part in my inspiration- even 20 years on! 'youtube' her, the way she moves is breath-taking
At the moment i have a little workspace at home, it's perfect. Cramped and FULL of all the things I love plus an old Singer treadle sewing machine that I love and use daily
Who is your favourite artist/ designer/maker ?
I adore a print artist from South Africa called Hildegaard, an interiors stylist called Emily Chalmers and a very old school designer called Madame Gres (she manipulated cloth like an artist)
Don't over think anything - just plunge! (deal with the consequences later) if you think about things too much then you will never do anything
What goals do you have for the future?
I like to have a million goals that I work towards, that way the odds are better at achieving at least one of them.
Vin Stitch is now up and running, for more information please contact Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel:07890349586 for further enquiries. You can follow Vin Stitch on Twitter @Vin_Stich or visit Shane's blog on Norfolk living at Guava Juice,Gem squash and the Norfolk Coast.